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Mills Concert Hall

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455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Mills Hall is named for Charles H. Mills. From 1914 until his death in 1937, Charles Mills was a professor of music and the director of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin. One of his most noted accomplishments there was “the Wisconsin plan” which provided for the acceptance of music courses for entrance credit by the University of Wisconsin on an equal basis with recognized academic subjects. The high standards Mills set as a basis for granting this increase in entrance credits for music were credited with greatly increasing the quality of public school music education, and the “Wisconsin plan” served as an example for other states to follow.

Mills also elevated the level of music study at the University of Wisconsin. When he came to Wisconsin, the School of Music offered only a two-year course leading to a certificate. During his tenure here, it became a four-year course leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s and Doctoral programs were introduced. One of Mills’s last public appearances was at the 1937 commencement exercises, where he escorted his first Ph.D. candidate, Robert A. Sromovsky. The program was shifted from a conservatory-type course to a broader educational program in which nearly half the credits earned by graduates were in subjects outside of music including English, History and languages. Mills believed that it was important for musicians to be well-rounded individuals.

Learn more here: http://music.library.wisc.edu/wma/papers/mills_ch/mills_ch.htm

April 2019

Western Percussion Ensemble

April 24 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Anthony DiSanza, director.

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UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra

April 26 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor. Program Adam Schoenberg: Finding Rothko (2006) Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) The UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chad Hutchinson presents a gallery tour: two works inspired by visual art. The program opens with Adam Schoenberg's Finding Rothko, which depicts four Abstract Expressionist paintings by the Russian-American master (read the composer's notes here), and concludes with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (in the classic Ravel orchestration), a set of vignettes evoking drawings and…

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All-University Strings

April 27 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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All-University Strings is comprised of two non-major string orchestras (named Orchestra One and Orchestra Two), open to all interested string players. With Pedro Oviedo, conductor.

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UW Wind Ensemble

April 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor. Works by Jim Territo, William Schumann, Charles Ives, Percy Aldridge Grainger, and Paul Hindemith.

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UW Concert Band and Reception with Mike Leckrone – Spring Concert

April 28 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor. The School of Music will honor retiring Director of Bands, Mike Leckrone, with a reception after his final appearance as conductor of the Concert Band.   Mike Leckrone. Image by UW Communications.    

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University Bands

April 28 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Darin Olson, O'Shae Best and Cole Hairston, conductors.

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Madrigal Singers

April 28 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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May 2019

School of Music Graduation, Hooding, and Awards Recognition Celebration

May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Our annual Graduation & Awards Celebration will take place in Mills Hall from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The Graduation, Hooding, and Awards Recognition Celebration is a time for the Mead Witter School of Music to honor all of our graduates and celebrate their many accomplishments with family and friends. Additionally, we take the opportunity to thank the donors who have continued to support our students. And, of course, we recognize the many undergraduate and graduate students who have been chosen to receive…

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